On Thursday, October 29, our Halloween celebration was nothing short of spooky and spectacular. Abiding by CDC guidelines, this event required a face covering to be worn at all times. The party kicked off with music, food and story time with Ms. Fran.
FRP, Sage and alumni families had a wonderful time in our office area that was converted into a haunted house by Mr. Dana, Mr. Keith and David. There was a coffin that Mr. Keith jumped out of as the families walked through the haunted house. This haunted house was thrilling for everyone.
The fun did not stop at the haunted house. There were pre-packaged candy bags that Ms. Tiffani gave out to the children as they came out of the haunted house. We ended the night with costume contests for both children and adults. This party was ful of so much love and laughter and we are honored to be the people that brings smiles to our families and communities faces.
On October 15, 2020, we received our certificate of completion for our Shoe Drive Fundraiser. Our partnership with Funds2Orgs was nothing less than phenomenal. From June 1, 2020 through August 28, 2020 we received shoe donations on behalf of Funds2Orgs. The shoes we collected were sent to Haiti to help with the development of the micro-businesses. The goal for us was to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes and we exceeded that goal! At the end of August, we had donated a total of 2,725 pairs of shoes!
For this shoe drive to be our first fundraiser we are pleased that we exceeded the goal. Not only were we able to raise general operating funds, but we were also able to help those in need in Haiti. Because this was such an overwhelming success, we will be working with Funds2Orgs in the future to provide more shoes to those in need.
September is recovery awareness month. We celebrated each of our parents milestones as they have overcome so much adversity. Knowing that their recovery is first their own and then their families drives them to continue to be the best version of themselves. Every step of the way we are there to encourage and uplift them so that they know they are not alone in their journey.
What a glorious day this was. Our families, friends, local politicians, and community members came together to celebrate our Sage II at Monarch View groundbreaking event. This event was not only special because of our five new townhomes, we also celebrated 15 years of providing Baltimore City families with reunification assistance!
City Council President, Brandon Scott shared words of encouragement and showed his support for The Family Recovery Program, Inc. (FRP). Joyous moments like this are few and far between so we laughed, danced, and enjoyed it all while wearing our masks and practicing social distancing. Former FRP parent, Monique K. shared her story and how FRP has helped her and encouraged her to keep moving forward. Monique encouraged current residence to utilize the support they receive from FRP because it is life changing.
Dr. Jocelyn Gainers, Executive Director of FRP, Shannon Snow of Episcopal Housing Corporation, Jennifer Rosen, JD of the Department of Social Services, Dayna Harris of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Roxanne Umphery Board Chair of FRP all came together to cut the ribbon for the ribbon cutting ceremony. John Friedel, the Executive Director of The Baltimore Station spoke on his relationship with FRP and how he has watched FRP blossom through the years.
This event was so much more than just celebrating the acquisition of these five new townhomes, this was a celebration for FRP being able to provide long-term housing solutions for the families that we serve. Every family deserves a fighting chance, and we are here to make that happen.
On September 17, 2020 we celebrated many milestones. Our parents have either started their educational journey’s, moved to a new phase in the program, and their sobriety. There is always something worth celebrating and we make sure our families know just how proud of them we are.
On September 8, 2020, we celebrated our Sage Scholars by providing them with snack packs, pencils, pens, notebooks, and bookbags to get their school year started on the right foot. We had a cool school celebration.
On August 28, 2020, we brought our alumni, sage scholars and our community together to celebrate that start of a new school year. There was masks, music, love and laughter.
We love our community! As often as possible, we like to uplift and give back to those around us. Today, we hosted a Community Give-Away Day where we gave out 52 bags of groceries, 55 bags of toiletries, women’s and men’s clothes and even gave everyone the opportunity to complete their 2020 Census. One of our dearest community members that was homeless but not helpless donated all the money he had in his pocket to our organization. This act of kindness solidifies why we do what we do. We will continue to make Baltimore City a better place for all.